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Get the Help You Need for Red, Dry Eyes at Hendersonville Eye Care

Dry eyes and red eyes can cause no end of annoyance, both separately and together (since dryness can easily lead to the irritation that produces redness). These symptoms may occur for a variety of reasons -- but whatever the cause, you want to find a solution before your eyes suffer lasting injury. Fortunately, relief for your ailing eyes can be found right here at Hendersonville Eye Care. We can discover the cause of your symptoms and put your eyes back to the road to wellness.

The redness that can afflict the white part of the eye, or sclera, is due to the swelling or breakage of tiny surface-level blood vessels. If you're lucky, "bloodshot" eyes may cause you only embarrassment. In many cases however, they're accompanied by other symptoms such as pain, swelling, blurred vision, itching, watering, or even a mucous-like discharge. Causes of eye redness may include:

  • Conjunctivitis, an infection of the conjunctiva of the eye
  • Contact lenses that have been worn too long or improperly sterilized
  • Traumatic injury to the eye
  • Corneal infections such as a corneal ulcer
  • Herpes simplex 1 transferred to the eye
  • Allergies
  • Reactions to chemical or environmental irritants
  • Computer vision syndrome

The last of these items, computer vision syndrome, is also a cause of chronically dry eyes. If you stare at a computer monitor for hours at a time, your eyes fail to blink as often as they normally would. If your eyes don't blink, your tear ducts don't keep up the normal volume of tear production necessary to soothe and protect your eyes. Dry eyes are also associated with:

  • Immune system disorders such as Sjogrens syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis
  • An imbalance among the ingredients that make up your tear film (water, oils and mucin)
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid deficiency
  • A wide variety of prescription medications
  • Glaucoma
  • Side effects of laser surgery or eye injury

Even normal aging can make you more prone to dry, sore eyes.

Diagnosis and Treatment at Hendersonville Eye Care

You'll find Hendersonville Eye Care the proverbial "sight for sore eyes" thanks to our combination of skill, experience and compassionate care in the treatment of eye redness and/or dryness. Our optometrist will ask you about your state of health, any medications you're currently taking, and any other factors that might point toward a specific cause of your symptoms. If you have clear signs of a eye disease, we will treat the condition immediately; if your condition seems tied to a systemic health problem, we'll advise you on how to get help for it.

If our evaluation shows that your eyes produce insufficient tears, or that the tear film is somehow unbalanced, we may recommend any of a number of treatments. These options include eye drops, plugs to prevent tear drainage, or lifestyle changes such as more frequent breaks from the computer screen. You don't to live with dry, red eyes -- we're here to help! Contact us today at 828-693-5205.

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